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I badly need your help!! Father refusing to drink water

Caregivers | Last Active: Mar 1, 2019 | Replies (22)

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Regarding his diet, he would reject having his meals on time again and again and he is diabetic; he neither exercises nor has insulin medication. I am lliving with my dad but still cannot do anything if he does not adhere to the physicians regulations. I have again and again stated the adverse effects of such behaviors; when I say yo him “Your foot is likely to be amputated”, he becomes extremely concerned about that and aware that this matter is serious, and would promise me to follow a healthy life. but he would very rarely do so !!

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Hi @aliali I am Scott and I am sorry to read of your dad's health challenges. I was my wife's primary caregiver for many years and understand how challenging and upsetting it can be when our loved one/patient doesn't follow directions. Especially true when it is for their own good.

In my wife's case, more often than not, she would reject my suggestions, but when the doctor ordered it, she finally listened. At one point her doctor told her if she didn't follow his directions he would not be her doctor any longer.

Another thing with my wife was over the course of her illness her tastebuds frequently changed and what was once a pleasurable food became intollerable. Things she enjoyed her whole life became enemies on her plate so I kept trying differet foods and finally ended fixing very bland, plain foods for her. We ended up eating exactly the same meals for years!

As far as hydration, I ran the gamut of water, tea, coffee, crystal lite, herbal teas, ice tea, soda water, and more!

Another thing that I remember was tough for me as a caregiver was realizing (and remembering) I could not control my wife's actions and reactions. I could suggest, coax, etc., but if she really resisted I had to let her follow herself and when things became uncomfortable enough she would usually come around to what had been suggested for her. I had to carefully pick my fights and invest my energy in only the most important.

Each patient and each caregiver is different, but I offer our experiences here for your consideration.

Strength, courage, and peace!